Ouest (department)

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Ouest in Haiti
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Capital Port-au-Prince
  TypeDepartmental Council
   Department 4,982.56 km2 (1,923.78 sq mi)
 (2015) [1]
   Department 4,029,705
  Density810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
ISO 3166 code HT-OU
HDI (2017)0.535 [2]
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Ouest (English: West, Haitian Creole : Lwès) is one of the ten departments of Haiti. It is the jurisdictional seat of the national capital, the city of Port-au-Prince. It has an area of 4,982.56 square kilometres (1,923.78 sq mi) and a population of 4,029,705 (2015 Estimate). It borders the Dominican Republic to the east.


It is the second largest department in Haiti after Artibonite. Gonâve Island is also part of the Ouest department. The department's stretch of coastline lies entirely in the Gulf of Gonâve.

Administrative divisions

The Department of Ouest is subdivided into five arrondissements, which are further subdivided into twenty communes.

(with 2009 Population Estimates in parentheses) [3]


Around 1772, Romaine-la-Prophétesse acquired a plantation named Trou Coffy in the department (likely in what is now Fondwa), becoming a prominent cofeee grower and trader. [4] In 1791 and 1792, during the early Haitian Revolution, Romaine led some thirteen thousand slaves and rebels in freeing slaves from and burning the provinces plantations and briefly controlling two major cities, Léogâne and Jacmel. [5] [6] [7] [8]

2010 7.0 earthquake

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Shake map of 2010 Haiti earthquake

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the department, the largest in Haiti in two centuries. [9] In the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, many areas suffered damage. [10] In the Léogâne Arrondissement, the city of Léogâne suffered 80-90% destruction. [11] Other places in Léogâne were also affected.


Absolute poverty levels in the Ouest department are the lowest in the country. [12]

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Arrondissements of Haiti Wikimedia list article

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Romaine-la-Prophétesse, born Romaine Rivière around 1750 in Santo Domingo, was a free black coffee plantation owner and leader of an uprising early in the Haitian Revolution, who for a time controlled the two main cities in southern Haiti, Léogâne and Jacmel.


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